Tuition Assistance (TA) provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of the Coast Guardsmen's professional and personal goals. TA is authorized for Active Duty, Selected Reserve (SELRES) military members and permanent full-time and part-time Government Service (GS) and Wage Grade (WG) civilians.
Civilian tuition assistance exists to offset costs for courses that contribute to occupational and institutional competencies, special interest needs, and readiness by supporting the current and future needs of the Coast Guard. This includes courses that will provide employees breadth of knowledge and problem-solving tools that aid in critical thinking, allowing individuals to address a wide range of problems and assess alternative solutions.
Members of SELRES must be drilling reservists with satisfactory progress in the current anniversary year and have met the participation standards for the previous anniversary year. The exception is first-year reservists, who can participate in the TA program as long as they are making satisfactory progress in the current year, as evidenced by an uploaded point statement.
Members seeking to use TA are responsible for validating that they meet all eligibility requirements before applying for TA.
Tuition Assistance will fund up to $4,500 per year for courses leading to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and academic certificates. Refer to the FAQs for additional details.
To remain eligible for TA, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 ("C" average) or above for undergraduate and 3.0 ("B" average) for graduate-level courses.
Active Duty officers incur an Active Duty Service Commitment of two years. Reserve Component officers must agree to remain on active duty for two years or a Reserve Service Commitment of four years. The length of the commitment is calculated from the date of completion.
Members can use the following resources as part of their overall education benefits that can help minimize their education expenses:
Post-9/11 GI Bill, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
United States Naval Community College (usncc.edu), Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other sources such as scholarships and grants.
You can apply for TA via MyCG Ed. The TA user manual is located inside for assistance in entering the TA Application.
TA Applications can be submitted up to 90 days from the class start date. NLT than 14 days before the course start date.